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Replacing Your Traditional HDD with an SSD
Unless you like to waste money, don’t buy a SATA Rev 3.0 drive if your
computer has a SATA Rev 2.0 interface. It will technically still work, but you will
never see the performance you paid extra for unless you upgrade your PC. It is
kind of like buying an expensive sports car and never driving above 25 mph.
The final part of selecting an SSD is finding one that will physically it in
your PC. Three sizes of SSD drives are available:
2.5g form factor with 9.5 mm height
2.5g form factor with 7 mm height
mSATA chip
The most common size on the market is the 2.5g form factor with 9.5 mm height.
This can be used in all desktops, although sometimes a 3.5g drive adapter bracket
is necessary for proper mounting. Some older laptops also use the 9.5 mm height.
Most new laptops are designed for the 7 mm height. Some of the new super-slim
laptops, often called ultrabooks, and tablets use a special drive called mSATA
that looks similar to a RAM memory module. The best way to find out what you
need is to Google the drive model you have currently installed or check with
your PC manufacturer.
CAUTION If an SSD is not used for a long period of time, the data stored on it
can be lost. SSDs are rated to safely retain data when powered off for up to one
year. This applies to SD or USB lash drives with your pictures or music too. For
long-term backup, a traditional hard drive or online backup service is the best
archiving solution.
TIP You can determine the remaining life of an SSD using any hard drive
utility that can read SMART attributes. I recommend using CrystalDiskInfo 5.4.0
( ) or any SMART utility that comes with your SSD
drive. Take a look at the value of the “SSD Life Left” attribute. The value starts at
100 and goes down to 0. It is recommended that you replace the drive when the
value hits 10.
Replacing Your Traditional HDD with an SSD
If you have a desktop or laptop it may be possible to install an SSD without having
to reload Windows 8. Unfortunately, this only works well with older computers
that do not have an EFI or UEFI type BIOS. But if you have a computer with a
traditional BIOS, you can easily clone your existing drive to the SSD and then
swap out the drive. Windows 8 and all of your applications and settings will
remain, as cloning the drive will simply copy everything on your old disk over.
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